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>>> target libya, the assault by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the end game? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounds his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels bunch coalition forces insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over triply, it claimed again it was ordering units to observe a cease-fire, a claim western forces are sceptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim in. >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. military officials are already declaring the no-fly
of libya. >>> on the border. a rare look at the daily game of cat and mouse that the u.s. is fighting against drug smugglers. >>> amica at the crossroads. tonight why america's losing some of the best and brightest and how to keep them here. >>> and tired of it all. alarming news about a problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime leader of libya needs to leave and change must come now to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question of how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's more support growing for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary is warning
launched by the u.s. and other countries. president obama again making the case for why the u.s. went in, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in
. the u.s. fired more than 100 cruise missiles into libya today as french fighter jets targeted the that the postal -- khaddafi 's fighters from above. >> u.s. officials say this will not be a ground war. u.s. troops will not be on the ground in libya. so far, 110 vessels have been lost from the sea into libyan territory targeting communication sites, air defense sites, to make it safe enough for aircraft to find -- to flat over libya to enforce a no-fly zone. -- to fly over libya to enforce a no-fly zone. khaddafi officials are calling this a brutal assault. they are sticking by a cease- fire. on the ground today, there was no cease-fire. khaddafi pulse of course this but asked about the pulse el -- cannot pay -- >> president obama has promised u.s. ground forces will not enter libya. his decision has upset some lawmakers. obama said the u.s. and its allies had no toys but to act. brian moore has the story from washington. >> bomar gaddafi -- khaddafi defied orders. >> over 110 tomahawk cruise missiles fired from u.s. and british ships struck more than 20 integrated air defense
indoors. the u.s. government says its residents within 50 miles should leave. >> we think it's a prudent measure to follow the evacuation based on how we would handle a situation like that in the united states. >> reporter: there are six reactors at the site. in unit 1 an explosion destroyed part of an outer building. in unit 2 there may have been an explosion rupturing the containment facility and possibly letting radioactive fuel escape. unit 3 was the target of today's water drops. it too had an explosion of the outer building and it also has exposed fuel rods. unit 4 was shut down for maintenance when the earthquake struck, but it became the subject of a controversy when the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission said its stored fuel rods were totally exposed. units 5 and 6, which are also out of service, may also have problems with their used fuel rods. experts say unit 3 is especially dangerous, because it has recycled fuel that contains plutonium, an even greater health threat than the uranium in the oar reactors. the first of that electricity, brian, will go to unit 2. un
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the two wars the u.s. is fighting, the united states will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi declared a cease fire today but
to wbaltv.com and clicking on politics. >> fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan have prompted the u.s. to authorize the first evacuation of americans out of the country. the nuclear regulatory commission says this decision was based on the risk of radioactive contamination. let's go live to washington for the latest. >> the un says the situation is very serious but not deteriorating at this point. president obama says americans and japan need to be prepared. >> they spoke at the japanese embassy in washington and said the u.s. is bringing all sources to bear to protect american citizens in japan. they sought to reassure americans at home. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s., whether it is that west coast, why, alaska or u.s. territories. >> at the nuclear plant, crews have been scrambling, using helicopters and cannons to douse the reactor with thousands of gallons of water. but it's difficult to know whether it's working. >> we believe it will help to cool down the fuel. however, we are not able to access the site. >> the first evacuations fled to tokyo
>>> good morning, attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles and fighter jets and a deficive military show of force against gadhafi now american stealth bombers started the fight. >> we cannot standidally by when there will be no mercy. >>> defiance. the libyan dictator digs in calling twarning it could ignit a crisis war. >>> nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today, sunday, march 20th, 201 from the rubble. today, sunday, march 20th, 201 1. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. breaking news out of libya. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says that three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used in the operation dropping some 40 bombs on a libyan air field. it is significant for the first time because the raid began american pilots are now taking part in the mission and now more u.s. fighter jets are attacking libyan ground forces, we're told. >> we're still in the first
to rate disasters that only rated linganore levels. >> the u.s. has already conducted helicopter missions along the battered coastline and found a few isolated communities of survivors. >> wease alan -- we found essentially hundreds of people, 100 at this place, to wonder at this place. it is just a matter of getting them out -- 200 at this place. it is just a matter of getting them out. >> the u.s. carrier ronald reagan is still off the shore of japan launching aircraft loaded with supplies. but the shift moved further on tuesday after some crewmembers tested positive for low levels of radiation. -- further out to sea after some crewmembers tested for low levels of radiation european pet energy officials are applying stress tests to their plant and germany officials have switched off some of their plants, one of them permanently. >> the nuclear crisis in japan comes just as america had finally started to get past its discomfort with nuclear power, caused more than 30 years ago by three mile island. >> it is called the nuclear present -- renaissance, the growing acceptance in recent years
, fighting on the ground and western attacks from the air, and we talk to the u.s. general in charge. >>> under control. a new breed of air traffic controllers taking over with fresh questions about safety still in the air. >>> and hanging tough. brave new worries about the crippled nuclear plant, but we find survivors of the japanese disaster giving everyone a lesson in resilience. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. for a seventh straight day the u.s. and the allies bombarded targets in libya, still trying to break the back of moammar gadhafi's assault on rebel-held cities. the u.s. for its part says it's prepared to take a back seat, but exactly what the ultimate goal is and even who's in charge of this operation are still somewhat ill defined tonight. nato says it plans to take full command, but is still seeking consensus on a military strategy. in a moment we'll hear from the general in charge of u.s. forces there, but first to the ground where rebels are taking their own fight
element. -- ailment. the u.s. embassy in rome declined to comment. a massive blaze in hunting down. the nine bedroom to million- dollar mansion went up in flames after midnight. the blaze caused part of the chimney to fall through the second floor, triggering a partial roof collapsed. check out the pictures of the fire sent in by viewers in the ulocal section of wbaltv.com. collision jets have been patrolling the no-fly zone over libya today. the pentagon says they have not launched any new air strikes. over the weekend they scattered and isolated mooar gaddafi's forces with a series of air attack. -- air attacks. >> an incredibly strong message overnight, launching a missile strike in the heart of tripoli inside gaddafi's own compound, destroying what has been described as an administrative building. it is a sprawling structure, almost like a military base within tripoli itself. no word of gaddafi himself was in the complex at the time. rebels say their morale is high. they are encouraged now they have western and european and some degree of arab military support. they believe the
. but the u.s. says he is not a target. >> it's not about seeing him go. it is about supporting the u.n.'s resolution. >> the pentagon called "operation oddyssey dawn" very successful. >> we have detected no radar emmissions. >> u.s., british, and french aircraft also attacked tanks heading for bengazi. qaddafi vowed to fight a long war. >> we will get victory on behalf of the people. >> dozens of civilians have been killed, but the pentagon reports no civilian casualties. they will turn over primary control in a few days. >> we will be a member of the coalition, but we will not have the main role. >> nato has not agreed to a play to enforce the no-fly zone. live in washington. tv 11 news. >> we know the president is on the trip to latin america. what has he said lately? >> the president has not said anything specific. we do know that he was on a conference call. he has been following this closely. we may hear more from him tomorrow during a press conference with the president of chile. >> thousands gathered in tripoli to pay tribute to those killed by u.s. and coalition forces. they
from his national security team as the u.s. sends more support to japan. >> an explosion in one reactor and fire in another sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air and left a boiling pool of nuclear fuel at the plant. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 12-20 kilometer radius from the no. 1 plant. >> levels of radiation spite, then dropped sharply by the end of the day. the government impose a no-fly zone over the area for commercial aircraft. >> this was a double barrel whammy, as they say. >> the energy secretary sold -- told a senate panel backed an aircraft carrier arrived to detect radiation in the air and on the ground. others will monitors the sebec areas. >> we are managing teams at the consulate and military installations in japan. >> our sister station was told that it is important to provide constant oversight of our facilities here at home. >> i have already been instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to ensure that we take lessons learned from what is happening in japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this cou
. >> president obama defends our attacks on libya, saying even though the u.s. wasn't in imminent danger, our interest and values were at stake. but the attacks stopped short, he says, of trying to force muammar gaddafi out. >> if we tried to overthrow gaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> not an option, the president said. instead, secretary of state hillary clinton is in london today, meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. their aim -- pressure gaddafi to step down on his own. >> we tied up his financial assets, the $33 billion. we've got an embargo. he is getting weaker all of the time. >> capitol hill critics still say the president should have consulted congress first. >> we've got to be careful about slipping into these wars. tomorrow, nato takes over. the u.s. takes a back seat. and libya takes center stage as the world's latest front in the fight for freedom. what about other countries like yemen behind syria that are facing similar uprisings? what is our policy there? the president said wh
is faring in a moment. we begin with the latest in japan and with the u.s. is doing for americans stuck there. s teamin tonight' coverage. >> he says the u.s. is bringing all resources to bear to protect american citizens and reassured americans at home. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s., whether it is the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories. >> at the nuclear plant, crews have been scrambling to cool the overheated reactor. helicopters and water cannons to douse the fuel rods the that it is difficult to know how will it is working. >> it will have to cool down the fuel. we're not able to a set -- set foot into the site. >> the state department said the evacuation affected 100 americans and more flights are being arranged. >> we're not forcing them to go anywhere. we will tell them they have a flight. >> buses have been sent to evacuate americans stuck without transportation near the nuclear plant but out of the risk zone. there is a team of technical experts working with the japanese government to cool the reactor is. >> this is something tha
>>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes an forces are underway. >> we cannot stand i'dly by when he tells his people there will be no mercy. >> cruise missiles attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the nuclear reactor, but concerns on food in that country. >> from nbc news orld heworld h quarters in new york, this is nbc news with lester holt. >> protecting civilians from moammar gadhafi. u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk vessels along libya's coast. confirming the start that president obama stressed it would not involve ground troops. why want to start in the libyan capitol with jim messeda. >> reporter: lester, what unfolded in libya today wasn't plausible days ago. late this afternoon jets took off, destination benghazi, libya. 110 cruise miz ills hitting 120 defense miz ills. later today, punched through defenses intense fighting killing many civilians. the violence too much for many who fled in their cars heading east. their hopes of get
harrisburg expressway at shawan road. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> the u.s. government decided japan's safety zone is not big enough. >> there is new device for americans -- move back or get out. tracie potts is in washington with the details. >> it appears to be white smoke rising from the number 3 reactor. >> helicopters are now dropping water. >> we believe the containment has been destroyed. there is no water. >> that means nothing to prevent a meltdown. the japanese deny that. authorities believe it is is overheating. the u.s. believes radiation levels are extremely high. the state department now warns americans to consider leaving or least stay 50 miles away. 30 miles further than the japanese recommend. >> we advise americans to listen to the state department. >> 50 miles is not a safe in an emergency like that. >> president obama called japan's prime minister to promise continued support. there are new numbers on casualties. 23 injured, missing, or hospitalized at the plant. nearly 5200 dead. nearly 9000 still missing. the u.s. is not the only country with stronger warn
. >> this morning, 600 americans are stuck north of sendai amid the worst devastation. the u.s. is sending in buses to get them. >> we are bringing all available resources to bear to closely monitor the situation and to protect american citizens who may be in harm's way. >> not much has changed at the nuclear plant. experts think it could take weeks to get the situation under control. much of our information about radiation is coming from the japanese, so the u.s. is now starting to collect its own data. >> when the united states says evacuate out to 50 miles, there is a real sound reason for that. >> but they stress no one in the u.s. should be worried. >> basic physics and basic science tells us that there really can't be any risk or harm to anyone here in the united states. >> the military says few americans have boarded government-run flights out ofjapan. those who are coming home are being tested. >> we are doing screening of passengers and/or cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. >> and the fallout here at home. general motors is shutting down a louisiana assembly pl
. it is a u.s.-led effort to help the rebels in eastern libya. nato has agreed to command a no- fly zone, but who will run the air attack? it remains undetermined. >> it could fall under nato. it is a political decision that is ongoing. >> u.s. forces would have the major role just to lower -- just a lower public profile. >> remember the scene and "wizard of oz"? >> leading democratic senator jay rockefeller said, i want to avoid getting into another conflict with on down costs and consequences. the white house said the president had to get into libya before congress could debate. >> there is very little doubt that benghazi would have fallen and many people would have died. >> meanwhile, a massive protest today in syria, a nation next to israel. in jordan today, the most violent demonstration so far. critical mideast states in turmoil with u.s. forces in action, far to the west. it looks like no quick -- officials are planning for a three-month operation over libya. >> you will find the latest developments on efforts to drive the libyan leader out of power on our website. you can take pa
second week as the u.s. seeks to limit its role. >> responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the united states to our nato allies and partners. >> but as criticism from congress mounts, many questions remain. what happens if gadhafi clings to power? what are the limits of the u.s.'s role if a civil war gets worse? and how does a military campaign relate to our overall strategy in the mideast? this morning, a special joint interview, with us, the secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary of defense robert gates. >>> then -- the president faces critics from both sides of the aisle. did he overstep his constitutional authority by using force without consulting congress. my interview this morning with republican from indiana senator richard lugar. >>> finally, analysis of the administration's handling of the crisis in libya is our fragile economic recovery continues and our military is stretched thin by two other wars, did the president make the case to the american people that libya is worth the cost and risk? with us, associate editor for "the washington
his case for u.s. and -- >> president obama makes his case for u.s. involvement in libya. kate amara is in washington with more on his speech and what comes next not -- what comes next. >> president obama announced that nato will take over command and control of the entire operation in libya on wednesday. as allied air attacks continued to pound muammar gaddafi's forces across libya president barack obama defended the wort. >> in this particular country, libya, at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. we had a unique ability to stop that violence. >> in an address to the nation, president obama said that the international coalition is needed to protect civilians and announce the u.s.'s transition to a supporting role tomorrow. >> i am confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on gaddafi's forces. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is in london for a conference on the crisis. she will meet with nato allies, and the partners, and members of the libyan opposition. why president obama ruled out targeting muammar gaddafi -- >
in corsica. the military intervention had begun. later the u.s. fired 110 cruise missiles as well, hitting at least 20 libyan air defense systems. earlier in the day, but of the tanks and troops had punched or rebel defenses. intense fighting spread across the rebel capital, killing dozens, including many civilians. many families fled in their cars by the hundreds, heading east to the egyptian border. their hopes of getting military help crust. >> we are left alone with this killer. >> at one point, and -- a fighter plane was seen falling from the sky and crashing. the cause is still unclear. back in tripoli, the government said it was abiding by a ceasefire declared on friday. this amateur video was reportedly shot after the cease- fire. >> enter that gaddafi forces did, and once over benghazi, they lost little time, firing on and -- the rebels were celebrating the news. back in tripoli, there was defiance. thousands of libyan supporters packed into gaddafi's compound, effectively making themselves human shields. while state tv told libyans that america and nato had bombed civilian areas
radiation exposure here in the u.s. despite those concerns, the chairman of the regulatory commission explains why it is not likely the radiation could reach our country. >> based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident, we see a very low likelihood that there is any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the u.s. or in hawaii. >> that have already sent two experts to japan and have just deployed another team. the japanese government has also requested u.s. equipment to help cool the reactors. a baltimore man who is teaching in japan when the earthquake hit, chris godish, along with 400 others was forced to move into the junior high school because of the damage in the area. he said despite the food storage and unsanitary conditions, their greatest concern is radiation exposure. >> and nobody seems to know, you know, what level of risk we are at right now. they are saying there is radiation in the air. i am really concerned our health is at risk. >> godish hopes to evacuate to a safer area as soon as possible. meanwhile, his family hopes he will return to the s
. the u.s. and many other countries continue to advise their citizens against nonessential travel to this country. >> lester holt, thanks. >>> we have more now on the fears about the radiation leaking out of the damaged nuclear plant. a big part of the story, and the fear is the weather specifically, where and how the winds are blowing. these concerns are two fold. number one, surface winds, which could be very bad news in japan. number two, upper level winds coming across the pacific as they do every day toward the u.s. west coast. brian norcross is at the weather channel standing by with all of it, brian, good evening. >> first of all, the surface winds did switch as bob bazell said from the north today, that would be in the direction of tokyo. the good news is, it's going to switch quickly to come out of the northwest, that's going to push this plume offshore. really, the amounts of concentration that would move very far from the plant do not look to be a concern here at all. going on into the weekend, the pattern gets very light, and we don't think in that case that anything w
it has a mile of water on all sides. so south carolina militia units, should they want to attack the u.s. army, are going to have to cross a mile of water first. right now we are standing outside of the sally port or the entrance to fort sumter, and what we are standing on is the granite wharf. and this is where anderson's men would have landed on the night of december 26, 1860. >> for more than three months, anderson and his men peaceably held the fort. then on april 12th, the confederate general beauregard gave the command to open fire. >> this is one of the weapons the rebs would have used to bomb the fort. so this is a 10-inch mortar, which is a small cannon, it's usually used -- it has a high trajectories so it can be used to shoot over the walls of a fortification like fort sumter and this is the same type of model that would have fired the first shot of the civil war. so we're standing inside of a casemate here at fort sumter. a casemate is a gun room so it just would just have one gun inside of it as you can see here today we do have one gun inside of this casemate. this is a 42-
of attacks in the skies over libya is raising questions in the u.s. about why we are there in the first place. why the president is under attack in what some call an un fair mission. >> mukasey's supporters question the attack. >> it is a base that does not have weapons. president obama said the purpose of this mission is to back the united nations and stop him from killing his own people. >> we are going to make sure we stay to that mandate. >> what's the objective? what's the plan? >> supporting levels may be the same ones who fought american soldiers in iraq. >> we do not have a clear picture of who the opposition is. >> the arab world says they are getting mixed messages. >> what's the purpose of the no-fly zone? is it just to degrade him or to remove him. >> attacks by the military in libya continue. >> president obama is talking to the arab nations. >> and speaking out about the president's decision to not seek congressional approval for the attacks in libya. president obama made the same mistakes his former presidents george bush and clinton said this is particularly ironic because he
. lawmakers continued to question the cost of the u.s. role. kate amara joins us live with more on the story. good morning to you. >> pressure mounting on the president. he is talking about the u.s. exit strategy. in the libyan capital, anti- aircraft fire lit up the sky once again. u.s.-led coalition forces continue to carry out air strikes. and now, nato war ships are patrolling off libya's coast, enforcing the u.n. arms embargo. >> at the same time, nato has completed plans to help enforce the no-fly zone. >> the white house wants to hand off control of the military operation within days. >> the united states' role once that environment is shaped is actually significantly reduced because we've got a broad-based international coalition, including arab states, that believe in the same thing that we do. >> meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the administration from members of congress. in a letter, house speaker john boehner demanded president obama outline objectives. a statement from democrat nancy pelosi saying u.s. participation is strengthened by consultation with congress. >> we can't a
>>> on the broadcast tonight, who's in charge? is the u.s. about to hand over control of the attack on libya? and tonight what may be the next nation to go in that region. >>> changing face. a major milestone tonight for a growing group of americans. >>> asleep in the tower. two jets needing to land in washington can't raise an air traffic controller, and now we know why. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical re leaf. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big miliry effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a handover to nato for the supervision of this strike. everyone, even though the pentagon warned libya today, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this
. there are questions that continue about the scope of u.s. involvement. >> good morning, the pentagon says it expects other nations to announce they are joining the coalition. a third night of air strikes on libya, about half the missions flown by american pilots. they expect the number to decline within days as more nations to join the international coalition and the no-fly zone is expanded. >> the growing capabilities of the coalition, i anticipate that no-fly zone was and extend -- will soon and extend. >> the u.s. is anxious to end the mission over to nato. president obama is facing sharp criticism from both parties. >> we are not coordinating with the rebels. will we leave them surrounded and at the mercy of gaddafi? i have never seen anything so confused in my life. >> he should come home and call congress back into session and make his case. >> on monday, the president re- clarify u.s. goals and said the u.s. will soon step back. >> let me emphasize that we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not weeks. >> as of this morning, it remains unclear who would take over
for images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> president obama said the u.s. was not in imminent danger, our values were at stake. he stopped short of trying to force muammar gaddafi out. >> if we tried to -- will likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> not an option. instead, hillary clinton is in london today, meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. pressure gaddafi to step down on his own. >> we tied up his financial assets. we have an embargo. he is getting weaker all the time. >> some say the president should have consulted congress first. nato takes over tomorrow. libya takes center stage in the lot -- in the fight for freedom. what about other countries like yemen that are facing similar uprisings? the president said wherever people want to be free, they will find a friend in the united states. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think the president was effective in conveying his message? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or se
>>> this morning on "early today," high alert. the u.s. authorizes american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown concerns grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience stor >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space >>> and space odyssey, video unveils the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of mernsz out of japan. tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be volunteer evacuations even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. b
>>> breaking news -- attack on libya. u.s., french forces, fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. president obama insist the attacks only foow gadhafi's refusal to end his assault as the united nation demanded. >> we are answering the call of a threatened people and acting in the interest of the united states and the world. >> we have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. >> this morning, the very latest on the military campaign. its goal and its limits, including the president's order that no u.s. ground troops be committed. with us, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirabmiral m mullen. >>> then reaction from capitol hill. is libya a threat to the united states? is it too late for military action to make a difference? and should the president have sought congressional authority? with us chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin and john kerry of massachusetts and republican member of the armed services committee, senator jeff sessions of alabama. >>> finally, our roundtable assesses the president's leader
>>> on the broadcast tonight, sending weapons. tonight the prospect of u.s. weapons in the hands of libya's rebel forces. the president says he won't rule it out, so our own richard engel goes inside those rebel forces for a closer look. >>> radiation fears. the nuclear crisis in japan has a lot of people asking could it happen here, and would warning systems work if it did? >>> price check. a new drug that help prevent premature babies, but at what cost for those who need it? >>> and the close call for an american president 30 years ago tonight. what we didn't know until now. >>> also here tonight, the first-ever view of a neighbor of ours. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now during these past few days across our country, people are watching this unfolding situation in libya. the rebels versus gadhafi. americans have heard president obama defending the u.s. air campaign he ordered, sending our service members to fight a third concurrent conflict far from home. in our conversation with the president yesterday,
in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure, they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening. for american air crews, this is about as tense as it gets. it took more than 12 hours to safely recover both of the downed rmen. what's left of the american fighter jet was scattered across the libyan desert. the air force f-15 was on a bombing mission when it developed engine trouble. the two americans ejected as the plane went down. the pilot was located not far from the wreckage, and he was flown to safety. one of the jets dropped two bombs. another may have strafed the area with gunfire. the injured bore no grudge against the americans. >> if they just don't shoot, we would have escorted the pilot to safety. we were trying to have a celebration for him. >> reporter: it took an
it cool. meanwhile, the u.s. and japanese government seem to be differing on the severity of the situation. the u.s. now saying anybody within 50 miles of that plant, especially americans that we're dealing with, should be out of that area. they are offering voluntary evacuations of american personnel inside japan. we'll have more on the story coming up. >> we'll turn to issues at home and how you know if you have got the right doctor for you. we're going to give you some advice about how to find a new physician and how can you find out about the quality of care that the doctor provides. it's a concierge doctor. we'll get into that issue. >>> later on we all want to pass on certain things to our children including a nice little nest egg. could you be passing on bad financial habits? we'll take a look at the wrong things you may be doing for your kids from overusing credit cards to not being honest about money. we have david here to talk about mistakes we make as far as financial advice for our children. >> let's go to natalie at the news desk. >> helicopters are dropping water on the damag
publicly answered questions about u.s. involvement. sally is live with the latest. >> the president says regime change is not the focus of the current mission. he says other efforts are underway to make that happen. >> it is very easy to square our military actions and our stated policies. >> president obama clarifying the u.s. mission in libya. >> it is u.s. policy that gaddafi needs to go. we have a wide range of tools in addition to our military efforts to support a policy. >> the commander of u.s. operations in libya says regime change may not be the outcome of the current limited mission. >> is the ideal? i do not think anyone would say that is ideal. >> the general says u.s. and british forces launched a dozen tomahawk missiles monday, again focusing on gaddafi facilities. >> our mission is clear and we are moving forward. >> some analysts say it would be a mistake to allow gaddafi to stay in power. >> they are trying to buy time for those in the opposition to be able to put together a sufficient force to be able to overthrow gaddafi on their own. >> the u.s. military says oppositi
>>> good morning. target libya -- moammar gadhafi's compound hit by a cruise missile as u.s.-led air strikes intensify. but while american officials say the initial campaign has been a success, there are signs the libyan leader's forces are still on the tack. >>> setback. just after reporting progress at the nuclear plant in japan, smoke rising from the reactor forced them to evacuate again. this as milk and vegetables are pulled from near the site due to fears of contamination. >>> and a female wing walker fighting for her life after her husband was forced to crash land the airplane. he speaks about her condition the airplane. he speaks about her condition today, monday march 21, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. busy monday morning. i'm matt lauer. ann curry is back from japan, in for meredith. what a job you did on what was a difficult trip. >> it was difficult for everyone involved. i think we are all thinking of the people who are there and especially for the japanese. we'll have the latest from
. and in about 20 minutes, the possibility of new nuclear plants here in the u.s.. would our state of the art technology prevent a meltdown in this -- in the event of a disaster? >> we want to update you on a story that is developing in cairo. a massive blaze at the egyptian interior ministry has spread to adjacent buildings. at least seven floors have burned and parts of it have collapsed. it comes as ministry employees have demanded higher pay, but they denied any involvement in the fire. and an f-16 fighter jet crashed in libya. steve handelsman has the details on the latest u.s. involvement. >> commanders say the u.s. at the -- the u.s. f-16 was not shot down, but suffered a mechanical failure. as they were rescued, bloodshed was described by the beans to western reporters. a u.s. rescue team reportedly fired on frenemy mckeown rebels who were near one of the u.s. pilots. the six libyans reportedly died. officials investigating the crash promise to investigate the reported deaths. two arab nations in katar enda u.a.e. say they are sending jets. but muammar gaddafi's ground troops are stil
. this is a potentially catastrophic disaster. we have more on the u.s. response. >> president obama says that his thoughts and prayers are with the people and they are ready to help with whatever they need. the night sky over japan with fires still burning. >> of the magnitude -- the 8.9 magnitude quake rattled everything from offices to the japanese legislature. more than 50 aftershocks followed. there was a trail of devastation on the ground. >> this is unlike anything we have experienced here before. >> a massive tsunami unleashed a wave of water in coastal areas near the epicenter northeast of tokyo. it destroyed everything in its path. >> i am heartbroken by this tragedy. >> president obama pledged u.s. assistance in japan. >> today's events remind us how fragile life can be. our hearts go out to our friends in japan and across the region and we will stand with them as they recover and rebuild. >> the military are the has a ship in japan and more headed to the region. robert gates says that u.s. forces are prepared to help. >> this is a huge disaster and we will do anything we are asked to d
are suffering and also the damage itself. >> one man is grateful for the outpouring of assistance from the u.s. and other countries. one has been communicating through e-mail and she has been looking through japanese web sites to get the latest information. >> you have heard how important skype has been for people to stay in touch with each other. we go to tokyo. what did you experience when the earthquake hit? >> the building was shaking hard and people could not stand up straight. >> did you stay inside or did you go outside? >> i went outside. >> about how long did it last? >> it was for three minutes. >> was there very much damage in tokyo? that was not as close to the northeastern part. >> not too much damage in tokyo? >> i don't think so. >> the hour earthquake and tsunami coverage continues online at wbaltv.com. pictures and videos show the devastation. you can see the pictures and a guide. we have posted the link on our home page. >> maybe next year, that is what many advocates of the same sex marriage legislation are saying after the legislation died. it was sent back to committee. da
, and no protests. he continues to say this is all about al qaeda. >> as the violence intensified in libya, u.s. officials are deciding whether to impose a new no-fly zone. defense secretary robert gates says that establishing a no-fly zone is the first move in an attack on libya, which requires a serious consideration. in the meantime, several u.s. warships have moved into the region to assist in relief efforts and evacuation. officials say the deadly shooting of two u.s. airmen in germany yesterday may have been political. be shooter confessed to starting members of the m millipore -- the shooter confessed to targeting members of the u.s. military. our meteorologist is here with a preview of the forecast. >> there is a definite chill in the air and we will have to deal with that for a while. there is some rain in the forecast. we will talk about it in just a minute. >> and we will answer your pet questions at 12:20 p.m. e-mail them to us. a contestant has won a one of the biggest prizes in television history, their own te restaurant chain. insomnia does not have to take over your life. oprah:
is leading to more political anxiety in the united states. u.s.-led attacks continued. president obama said america will take a back seat. politicians are demanding to know the exit plan. more on the unrest in the middle east, from capitol hill. >> last week, they looked doomed. but eastern rebels today have new hope, thanks to american f- 15 pilots and british pilots, french pilots. they are hammering gaddafi's forces again today. the coordinated attack that president obama promised will not be led by the u.s. for long. >> there will be a transition in which we have a range of coalition partners, the europeans, members of the arab league, who will participate in establishing a no-fly zone. >> the transition would be complex. >> it is not so simple as a handshake some place and you are now in charge. >> u.s. leadership in a third far away more concerned senate republicans. >> the plan is not there. the end game is not apparent. >> congress is in recess. no debates or votes on libya. democrats are concerned. >> this is not the way our system is supposed to work. >> the house speaker warned b
far. there is a tsunami warning in hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march 11, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm ann curry in for matt. this was a powerful earthquake. the images are stunning out of japan. it shows the tsunami sweeping inland, some 60 miles over farmland in sendai japan, 200 miles north of tok yochlt cars, housings, buildings being swept out with this massive wave. >> it started with an 8.9 magnitude quake that hit around 2:45 p.m. local time. it is the largest quake in japan's recorded history and the fifth strongest quake in the world in the past 111 years. there have been at least 19 aftershocks, including several stronger than last month's devastating quake in new zealand. a tsunami warning has been extended to include hawaii and parts along the u.s. west coast. >> when it starts to hit the continental shelf it moves as fast as 500 miles per hour, the speed of a jumbo jet. the first wave is exp
on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at this point and that at times radiation levels have been so high they would be lethal in a very short period of time. he urged americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant but that's four times the distance of the evacuation order from japanese officials. people in japan are growing really frustrated at this point about the lack of clear, prompt information. we'll talk about that as well as the state department's decision to begin offering voluntary evacuation to family members of personnel in japan. >> we have a lot to get to. let us start this morning with ann curry who is in northern japan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as you report the situation is still very serious. the japanese government is saying the radiation levels are stable. the u.s. has its own experts
are seeing demand increases, not only in the u.s. but throughout asia, africa and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil price and consequently, higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now, the extra cash may be going right into the the tank. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: jason king spends $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon, i'm going to have to think about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, those sky rocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country, commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill the cars as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead, spring when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >>> as we mention ted top of the newscast,
night, the dangers of u.s. military involvement while already fighting two other wars and the precedent this may set in other nations. and the fact that this may not go quite as the u.s. and nato have planned. notably as you're about to hear, the president left open the possibility of arming the rebels who are in the fight against gadhafi in libya. here now a portion of our conversation with the president at this time of high stakes overseas. the moment your speech ended last night, the associated press put out an item that read, president obama's speech was about defending the first war launched on his watch. how does it end? >> well, first of all, i think it's important to note that we've had two wars on my watch. one which we've wound down and we do not have combat operations in iraq any more. afghanistan is still a tough fight. that weighs heavily on me in making these decisions. but what was clear to me, we had a unique circumstance to save a lot of lives in this libyan situation. and that we had an international mandate to do it, and an international coalition that was prepared to
of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the nation of japan has suffered a clausal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the earthquake was 8.9 and struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center and it's been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be in the thousands as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving faster than people or cars could outrun it. then it headed out east across the pacific ocean, traveling at times at the speed of a jet airliner. the original quake was big enough to m
on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> the u.s. military says charter flights are leaving half fall from japan. many families have decided to stay. low levels of radiation have been detected in tokyo and beyond. tracie potts is in washington with the very latest. >> 600 americans are stuck north of sendai. the u.s. is sending in buses to get them. >> we're bringing in all available resources. we will protect american citizens who may in harm's way. >> not much has changed at the nuclear plant. it could take weeks to get the situation under control. the u.s. is now starting to collect its own data. >> when the united states says to evacuate up to 50 miles, there is a sound reason for that. >> basic physics and science says there cannot be any risk or harm to anyone here in the united states. >> few americans have boarded flights from japan. those who are coming home are being tested. >> we're screening passengers and cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. >> the fallout here at home. general motors is shutting down a plant because of a parts shortage from japan. nearly
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